EVGA unleashes the GTX 1080 Ti K|ngp|n graphics card

Maybe you've got a thing for copper, or have a frequent buyers account at Praxair for all of your liquefied gas overclocking attempts. Or perhaps you're one of those folks that associates "most expensive" with "the best." If any of those apply to you, EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|ngp|n Gaming graphics card ("Kingpin" henceforth) just might be just what you're looking for. Like its forebears, the newest Kingpin card was designed with input from EVGA's in-house extreme overclocker Vince "K|ngp|n" Lucido, and is intended to be the ultimate Geforce GTX 1080 Ti for overclockers.

We wrote this card and some of its unique features when EVGA announced it at the end of May. The card packs EVGA's iCX thermal monitoring system with nine thermal sensors sprinkled liberally around the graphics core, the memory chips, and the voltage regulation circuit. The heatsink is made entirely of copper, and the fans strapped to it can rotate at independently-controlled speeds. The boost clock of the GP102 GPU and its 3584 stream processors is guaranteed to hit at least 2025 MHz, a far cry from the Founders Edition's "measly" 1582 MHz (though it's worth remembering that the Founders Edition card and custom GTX 1080 Tis can boost much higher than that specified figure in practice). The 11 GB of GDDR5X memory is clocked at 11 GT/s.

The Kingpin is surprisingly slim for a top-end GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, seeing as the highest tier of air-cooled cards appears to be dominated by two-and-a-half and three-slot coolers. The card has an unique port cluster with a dual-link DVI-D connector, an HDMI jack, and three mini-DisplayPorts. EVGA says this layout lets users convert the Kingpin card to a single-slot design if the copper cooler is replaced with a waterblock.

It's not all roses, though, as we now know what EVGA wants in exchange for one of these copper-crowned monsters. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|ngp|n Gaming card commands an eye-watering $999, though it does come with a t-shirt, some adapter cables for the mini-DisplayPorts, and a single-slot I/O bracket. The company hasn't announced a shipping date yet, but we predict buyers will lay their hands on the cards before the end of August.

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    • oldog
    • 2 years ago

    When I release my first video card it’s gonna be named: B|tch|n

    • Kougar
    • 2 years ago

    Hmm, one can reach those boost clocks easily with the EVGA 1080 Ti Hydro cards, for less.

    • Shobai
    • 2 years ago

    Excuse my ignorance, if you can, but what does the third set of golden fingers do?

      • torquer
      • 2 years ago

      Takes money from your wallet

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    K|ngp|n?

    Good grief!

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|ngp|n Gaming card commands an eye-watering $999, though it does come with a t-shirt, some adapter cables for the mini-DisplayPorts, and a single-slot I/O bracket.[/quote<] It was very thoughtful of evga to provide a t-shirt, since the product cost the shirt off your back.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      In that vein, I’d like to see Intel package kidneys and livers with their i9 parts.

        • Freon
        • 2 years ago

        I think you meant ve|n.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|ngp|n Gaming card commands an eye-watering $999, though it does come with a t-shirt, some adapter cables for the mini-DisplayPorts, and a single-slot I/O bracket. [/quote<] Thank you AMD for making Vega and forcing Ngreedia to respond with low low prices.

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      To be fair, this is guaranteed to outclock the FE by a third. There’s likely a constrained supply of such hand-picked chips.

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        I might have been just a tad bit facetious in that post.

        Just a tad.

        • Jeff Kampman
        • 2 years ago

        With GPU Boost 3.0 taken into account, the difference will not be nearly that large in practice. Added a caveat to the article to that effect.

    • bthylafh
    • 2 years ago

    Their marketing department needs a flogging.

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      Would you rather they release a P|mp|N edition? That side shot of the copper heatsink is hot tho!

      • ImSpartacus
      • 2 years ago

      Really?

      This is a halo product and it appears to check all of the boxes that would make an overclocker salivate.

      This is a terrible terrible value for an actual gamer, but were all know that. It’s nothing new.

      Overall, these products might appear silly, but consumers do subconsciously get attracted to brand names based on this kind of petty dick measuring. The “halo” effect is very real.

        • bthylafh
        • 2 years ago

        I’m talking about the random symbol characters in the product name, obviously.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 2 years ago

          Isn’t that to match some famous overclocker that uses that handle?

          It’s undeniably retarded, but they have to match the name as is in official documents. Normal humans just call it “kingpin”.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Yeah, it’s no worse than the Fatal1ty-branded stuff that used to flood the market.

            These nicknames were usually chosen by that person when they were prepubescent children and now that they’re brand names that trademark for large dollar values just makes them even sillier 😉

            • Voldenuit
            • 2 years ago

            Now I want DSPStanky to become the next high-profile gamer who gets a corporate endorsement.

          • Waco
          • 2 years ago

          …it’s named after the famous overclocker, who helped design the card. That’s how it’s spelled.

            • bthylafh
            • 2 years ago

            Get off my lawn.

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        [quote<]This is a halo product and it appears to check all of the boxes that would make an overclocker salivate.[/quote<] Then sell it bare with lots of mounting holes for LN2 towers?

          • ImSpartacus
          • 2 years ago

          The margins are fat enough that they can afford to throw on the standard ICX cooler. It seems wasteful, but it doesn’t cost THAT much.

          That gets them extra sales from folks that want “the best” out of the box.

          It’s also just a good business practice to sell a graphics card that is functional out of the box without any complex cooling solutions needed. They want to avoid the soundbites of, “This costs $999, but they were too tight to include a simple air cooler?!” in reviews.

          I do agree that the PCB should have the necessary mounting homes for common pots. I hope that’s there.

            • moose17145
            • 2 years ago

            If you want to know more, Gamers Nexus on youtube did a teardown of the card and their resident extreme overclocked did an analysis of the electrical layout of the card.

            From what it looks like, there was serious thought put behind the layout, placement, and component selection of this card that many LN2 overclockers should find nice.

            The money one would spend for this card is definitely going to the design of the custom PCB and the quality and quantity of components used.

            Plus if you are overclocking with LN2, then i doubt cost is a huge factor for you given the already expensive nature of LN2…

            If you buy one of these and do not overclock the snot of out of it with LN2 (or at least one very serious water loop), that is fine… you just will have a REALLY electrically stable and overbuilt videocard that you won’t ever be pushing to it’s full potential. But the components on it should be running nice and cool and effectively snoozing compared to what they can handle. Kind of like if you bought a 1500 watt Titanium rated PSU but then put it in a normal system high end system. Nothing wrong with it… just means your system will have nice stable clean power to spare, but you likely won’t ever really use the full potential of the unit.

      • Growler
      • 2 years ago

      You don’t like the “K pipe ngp pipe n” name? It practically rolls off the tongue.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      The|r market|ng department needs a f|ogg|ng.

      FTFY.

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      Marketing needs a paddlin…

      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXQR-cPXlmY[/url<]

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